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Field Trip Friday — Last Day of School

I’ve got one more Massachusetts post to put up, but yesterday was the last day of school so I’m going to blog about that this week. I’ll try to get that last MA post up next week.

We had a mad scramble to finish things at the end of the school year. We always have a bit of a scramble, but somewhere along the way three of the kids got behind in math. (I think it happened during the 2nd quarter when we had Christmas break…) I don’t mind if we don’t finish every single thing. New York only requires us to complete 80% of what we said we were going to do. But it really, really bugs me not to finish math. We set up a little competition to finish last year and that worked well so we repeated it this year.

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We also sweetened the deal a little more.

* Everyone who finished got a trip to Ben & Jerry’s in Saratoga Springs on the last day of school.
* The first person to finish gets $10.00!
* Anyone finishing with an A average gets $10.00!

As you can see, they all finished even though a few weeks ago some of them still had over 15 units left!

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Before we left, the kids kindly let me take a group shot of all the school age Baileys.

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Then I handed them the summer box. They always get excited about what might be in it. :) This year it was a board game I found on clearance (Eureka), God’s World News summer times, a fun reading book for each kid, Lego Batman II game for the Wii and a few movies I got on clearance at Target. I don’t buy things for the summer box all at once. I catch things on clearance for a few months before school is out. Usually I put some craft supplies in, too, but we so don’t need any more craft supplies right now!

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We left for Saratoga Springs around 11:30 a.m., had a quick lunch, and played around for a while in the mall. The Wilton Mall has a play area for little kids that Jesse, John and Sophia thoroughly enjoyed.

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Dad and the big boys had fun, too…

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While Dad, Abe and Wesley kept an eye on the littles (obviously the above picture was taken while Novella and I had an eye on the littles!), Novella and I snuck a quick look at the clearance sales. We picked up a few great deals and headed back. After the mall, it was on to Ben and Jerry’s!

We got our cones and spread out on the park benches outside.

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I had fun taking pictures even though my ice cream was melting!

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I made Kenny get one shot of me to at least prove I was there!

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And, of course, there were the obligatory Ben & Jerry’s sign pics…

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Novella preferred to be in front of the sign. ;)

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Mom and Dad had to play, too…

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After ice cream we drove home and Kenny and the three oldest went to the movies with some friends. What a great last day of school, wouldn’t you say?

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